The following is from Merrill Sterritt of Film Presence:
For the past two years Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein have been filming James “The Amazing” Randi for a feature-length documentary entitled An Honest Liar. The film will tell the story of Randi’s colorful life and explore the dangers of magical thinking and deception. An Honest Liar will also reveal the unfolding drama of Randi’s involvement in a very personal deception of his own. In hopes of completing the film within the year, the filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. We are kindly asking for your support.
With your assistance we will be able to reach a wide audience about the film and fundraising campaign.
Here is a link to our Kickstarter campaign with some more info about the film and a trailer: http://kck.st/W3RVWs
The Kickstarter campaign will end on February 15 (30 days from now) so we hope you will consider supporting the film, financially or just by spreading the word:
Twitter: Tweet about our campaign. Our handle is @AnHonestLiarDoc.
Newsletter: Include info about our film and Kickstarter campaign with a link in an upcoming newsletter.
Facebook: Write a status update about the campaign and “Like” the film’s Page – www.facebook.com/AnHonestLiarDoc.
Coverage: Help connect us with bloggers, writers and journalists who might want to help us share a film about James Randi’s story.
Emails: Send emails to your friends and colleagues, encouraging them to help raise awareness about this project.
We’re very excited to be producing An Honest Liar and educating the public about Randi and his mission of truth. The film includes such luminaries as Penn and Teller, Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Adam Savage, and in addition to Randi’s life will explore skepticism, illusion, and how easily human perception is fooled. The importance of science and reason will be shown in contrast to superstitious beliefs and harmful deceptions, all framed through the life and legend of “The Amazing Randi.”
January 26, 2013 at 8:46 am | Skeptic News | Comments Off
Sunday 21st October 2012
7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
The Melrose (formerly called the Vandella), 15-19 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8QQ
£5.00 (money raised goes to charity)
A night of stand-up comedy with a conservation twist!
The UGLY ANIMAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY is an evening dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention.
Our society needs a mascot, one to rival the cute and cuddly emblems of many charities and organisations. And so I have gathered a terrific line up of comedians who will each champion a different ugly endangered species and at the end of the evening the audience shall vote for what will become our society’s symbol. It is going to be a great night! Money raised goes to charity.
MC Simon Watt (Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants)
Suzi Ruffell (Nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011)
Helen Arney (Festival of The Spoken Nerd, Infinite Monkey Cage)
Punk Science (The Science Museum)
Bush and McCluskey (Award winning musical comedians)
Helen Keen (BBC Radio 4’s It Is Rocket Science)
Steve Cross (Bright Club, Science Show Off)
Dan Schrieber (QI elf and creator of The Museum Of Curiosity)
Ellie Taylor (Comedian and presenter of BBC3’s Snog, Marry, Avoid)
October 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Skeptic News | Comments Off
It’s done. I’ve been home from Soul Survivor twenty-four hours, and I’ve now more or less recovered emotionally and physically. I won’t deny that this project’s been hard – a lot more so than I expected on devising it. (My thanks go out, once again, to the readers of my blog who made it possible.) But am I glad I did it? Absolutely. Because being torn out of my skeptical bubble’s taught me a lot, and since it seems appropriate to make some conclusions in my final post, this blog will be a mixture of hope and fear.
Today will be my last day at Soul Survivor. Having witnessed the main meetings at this festival, with their cheering, praying and orgies of guitar-led worship, I’ve decided I don’t need to see tonight’s – and perhaps I’d enjoy the Where’s Wally-themed party if I’d come with friends, but as it is I’d likely end up a wallflower. My train is booked to leave in late afternoon, but not before I’ve heard one and a half more seminars.
At half past two I file into the first one, rucksack and all. The half hour process of emptying my tent and packing it with its contents into a backpack has somehow been cathartic, and I listen with refreshed attention; the speaker is Andrew Smith, an evangelical but also founder of a Christian-Muslim interfaith group, The Feast. He mentions in the course of the talk that he was previously a Christian youth worker in schools, and there are certain oneliners that seem overly rehearsed and might be read as condescending, but from the off I like the guy. Some other speakers here have an air of polish, but Andrew seems genuine and unassuming, so when he invites us at the start to tweet him our comments, I decide I will.
The tallest building in Germany, the Fernsehturm or TV tower, stands next to Alexanderplatz in the centre of Berlin. It’s impossible to miss, having been designed by East Germany’s secular government to tower above the capital’s churches, a feat it still accomplishes today. Unfortunately for them, and to the churches’ great delight, the spherical structure half way up the tower which now houses a bar and restaurant was assembled using small, flat metal plates. This means that, when the sphere’s extremities catch the sun, an enormous shining cross forms above the city. (Berliners traditionally call this Rache des Papstes – the Pope’s revenge.)
July 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Skeptic News | Comments Off